Origin of zealousMedieval Latin zelosus from Ecclesiastical Late Latin zelus: see zeal
An example of zealous is a preacher in an energetic church.
(comparative more zealous, superlative most zealous)
From Ancient Greek Î¶Î®Î»Î¿Ï‚ (zÄ“los, “zeal, jealousy"), from Î¶Î·Î»ÏŒÏ‰ (zÄ“loÅ, “to emulate, to be jealous").
- He continued his studies in Strassburg, under the professor of Hebrew, Johannes Pappus (1549-1610), a zealous Lutheran, the crown of whose life's work was the forcible suppression of Calvinistic preaching and worship in the city, and who had great influence over him.
- As a zealous churchman and Protestant he still possessed a following.
- The son was sent in 1812 to the Protestant gymnasium at Pressburg, where he came in contact with the philologist S afafik and became a zealous student of the Slav languages.
- During the eight years of his life at Bayswater he was most active in all the duties of the priesthood, preaching, hearing confessions, and receiving converts; and he was notably zealous to promote in England all that was specially Roman and papal, thus giving offence to old-fashioned Catholics, both clerical and lay, many of whom were largely influenced by Gallican ideas, and had with difficulty accepted the restoration of the hierarchy in 1850.
- He was a zealous defender of that monastic life which was beginning to take such a large place in the church of the 4th century, and he found enthusiastic disciples among the Roman ladies.